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10 Dems Joined GOP to Let N.C. Vote on Marriage; Early Polling Encouraging

 

Earlier this week 10 Democrats in the North Carolina House joined Republicans to pass the constitutional marriage amendment on to the Senate, which approved it for the people's vote the next day.

The Bellingham Herald published good coverage of the scene that has been set:

Sen. Bill Rabon, another fence-sitter, said he was influenced by the bipartisan House vote in which 10 Democrats supported the measure. "The House is much more in tune with the local population," the Southport Republican said.

He rejected suggestions that GOP legislative leaders twisted arms to get the affirmative vote. "This was my choice and my vote," he said.

As for how he would vote on the amendment in May, Rabon refused to say. "I still have a chance to vote on this in May. The same as you will: by secret ballot," he said

... Rep. Paul Stam, an Apex Republican and amendment bill sponsor, has results from a survey of 500 likely general election voters by Public Opinion Strategies on July 31 and Aug. 1 showing that 61 percent of the respondents were "definitely for" the amendment, with support crossing party lines. Twenty-three percent were "definitely against" the amendment. The poll had a margin of error of 4.38 percentage points.